Having a positive and successful mindset for many seems to be something very every day, but it is very difficult to do for others.
But before you continue reading, stop for a moment and reflect on your day, how has it been? The first thing that came to your mind were negative or positive things?
If the answer to that is negative things, don’t worry, in this article, we will share with you 15 mindset hacks that can change your life forever.
An optimistic person has a mental attitude, way of thinking and positively seeing things, they believe that things will turn out well. They know they have responsibility and control over their happiness.
In the same way, they know that the world is not rosy, so they are aware that problems exist, so they look for a solution realistically and actively when facing a problem.
Several studies have proven that by being positive, health improves because they handle stress very efficiently.
They are more persistent in achieving their goals, and they know how to have excellent social relationships.
They have more resilience, less worry and consequently perfect mental health.
Here are 15 mindset hacks that can change your life forever.
1- Acknowledge your negativity
To achieve change, you first have to recognize what you want to change, in this case, negativity.
From the moment you get up, pay attention to what the first thought you have is and so on throughout the day in order to pay attention to the moments when negativity wins you over.
Write them down and analyze them and ask yourself, is it really worth thinking about this?
2- Look for the bright side
You already have your negative thoughts written down, how would you change them to something positive?
Start looking for the positive side to the different aspects of your life, remember for everything, there are two sides of the coin, and you choose which one to see.
3- Always use positive words
How many times do we find ourselves complaining about everything? Many, right? That is why it is important to remember that our words reflect our thoughts and, the more we look for positive things to say, the more we will fill our thoughts with a positive attitude.
Make an effort to commit to always having a positive mind. I suggest the following exercise: every day when you wake up have a conversation with yourself and ask yourself:
what do I want to achieve? How will I react when I reach my destination? How will I avoid negative thoughts?
Commit at that moment to avoid them and replace them with constructive and positive thoughts. The next morning check how much you managed to expel negative thoughts in your previous day and start again!
Also, Helen Keller said:
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
4- Accept that not everything is perfect
I have news for you: perfectionism does not bring us closer to happiness, it takes us away from it! Being positive does not mean thinking that everything is perfect.
It can be difficult to give up the need for perfection and control, but accepting that things won’t always turn out the way you expect will give you inner peace, reassurance, and a positive focus for the future.
Many situations are out of our control. Instead of wasting energy generating negative emotions for this, it is better to accept that things did not go as you wanted and focus on what you could do better next time.
Meditation helps us generate positive thoughts. I suggest the following meditation exercise:
-Close your eyes and breathe deeply
-Feel your breath
-While exhaling, release all negative thoughts from your body
-Take control of what happens in your body and in your mind for the next three minutes
-You will only have within you an immense power and freedom to be and think positively and strengthen yourself
Now you know the power of positive thinking to face life. Remember: being positive and thinking positive is a habit.
You can learn to do it with practice. It is essential that you are constantly practising these seven actions for 21 days to create a habit and then see how your lives begin to change.
6- Don’t blame yourself when something bad happens and your optimism wanes
Life is not a perfect fairy tale, and many times we are the ones who cause it, but having a victim mentality will not help you at all.
It is normal that you cannot be 100% positive, do not force yourself. When you don’t succeed, breathe and don’t blame yourself because remember that the most important thing to reach a goal and where you will grow the most is on the road.
7- Give yourself feedback
Over time the positive thoughts and attitude will come automatically. When this happens, acknowledge it and applaud it, but analyze your behaviour, fix what you have to improve, and move on when the opposite happens.
8- keep it real
As mentioned before, the world is not rosy and being positive does not mean that you see it that way.
A positive person does not evade reality but sees the world with practical and objective eyes without losing the attitude of dreaming or his illusions.
9- Exercise and watch your diet
We all know the benefits of living a healthy life. In automatic, you will feel good and that you will project in your day today.
So love yourself and take care of yourself because if your mind and body are healthy, it will be easier for you to want to wrap yourself in a positive attitude.
10- Be grateful
How many good things do we have in life that we don’t realize? The simple fact that you are reading this is magnificent!
Pay attention to the little things and thank them, even at night, write everything you are grateful for, and your positive thoughts will multiply.
As Henry Ward Beecher said:
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”
11- Laugh more
We all love to laugh, and laughter has great benefits like reducing stress and burning calories.
When you laugh, you will feel more relaxed and happy so take some time to laugh with a series, movie, video, or friends. This will clear your mind and increase your mood.
12- Practice altruism
Optimistic people believe in a better world, but they do not stop in thought but take action on the matter.
They are active people in their communities, always thinking about what more they can do for someone other than themselves.
So get out of your comfort zone and practise altruism that will not only make you see things differently and have a more positive mentality, but you will live unforgettable experiences.
13- Find your inspiration
At Mindsetopia, we love to be inspired by stories of success and struggle. An example is the story of Julio Michel Muñoz.
He was born without legs due to a congenital malformation, so he rides on a skateboard. He studied physical education as he has always been very passionate about sports, he works supporting vehicular traffic and repairing religious sculptures.
He participated in the CDMX marathon, and the Spartan Race also plays soccer and practices aerial dance. He is a faithful believer that “You set your own limits.”
The positive being has many advantages and will make you grow as a person. Like any habit, it takes time, but you must have a lot of patience and dedication with yourself to achieve it.
Start with small changes, and little by little, they will multiply to form something big. Lastly, remember that your thoughts turn into emotions and those emotions into actions, so the change you want to achieve is in your hands.
14- Identify Inevitable Obstacles
One can make success inevitable. But there will also be inevitable obstacles and difficulties.
Why? for the simple fact that we do not have control over all the variables involved in some types of projects.
In the simplest case: If we work with other people, even though we may know motivational and leadership strategies, we do not have 100% precise control over their behaviour, their interests and their desire to succeed.
Some are just going to be depressed in a short time or not going to be satisfied.
And if we talk about technology or any other type of systems, we can say that none of them is fault-free, so sometimes inevitable problems or obstacles will arise.
What’s important here? Identify these obstacles and create alternative decision elements that we can use when they arise.
Yes, you never have a Plan B.
15- Give equal importance to different aspects of your life
What is more important? Be happy, or have a lot of money?
What is more important? Study, or go out with friends?
What is more important? Your arms or your legs?
Still, and despite the fact that it seems so obvious, many claim that there are more important things in life.
Some say, “I may not be rich, but at least I’m in good health.” That’s like saying: I may not have legs, but at least I don’t have arms.
Although with the tremendous and fantastic difference, something can be done with respect to the former.
All of the aspects of your life are important.
If you neglect your body and exercise, you can fail in intellectual tasks.
If you neglect your relationships, sadness, or depression can cause you to fail financially.
And if you neglect your finances, you have nothing to live with satisfied, full with yourself, and confident of being able to dedicate yourself to generating value for the world.
Never leave anything aside because apparently, there are more important things. In your life, EVERYTHING is important.
Let no one deceive you by telling you otherwise.
16- Be generous
Many times, negative feelings are caused by focusing on the perceived negative aspects of your life. You can instantly change this feeling by being generous to others.
Share your skills with the people around you. If someone seeks advice, give it to them. Do not doubt your value. Even the smallest gestures and shared thoughts can cause a massive shift in the perspective of other individuals.
17- Control your breathing
It has been said that those who have the ability to control their breathing can control their life.
In many respects, this argument is valid. Think back to all the times you lost control. What happened to your breathing pattern? When you get angry, your breathing becomes shorter and faster.
If you control your breathing, you can understand and change your negative emotions.
Whether in a quiet space or during meditation, practise following your breath. As you inhale (through your nose), feel the air enter your body and go deep into your lungs.
When you reach the deepest part, feel the air leave your body (through your mouth) and release any tension.
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18- Visualize success
Taking advantage of your ability to visualize or imagine can be a very useful tool to be more positive.
Many of the most successful minds of our time, including Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, have been known to use the power of visualization to bring that desire into your life.
Begin by closing your eyes. Think of a positive event that has happened to you. In your mind’s eye, see the event exactly as it happened.
Get inside the event and feel the positive emotions as they occurred.
When you open your eyes, allow yourself to stay in this positive state. The effects of visualization can be multiplied through meditation.
As Bo Bennett said:
“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.”
The importance of having a Positive Attitude
A positive mental attitude is what makes the difference when it comes to enjoying the opportunities that life gives us.
And there are people who, without knowing it, always focus on the bad, without realizing that the time they spend lamenting is something with which they sabotage themselves.
A part of happiness has to do with objective and material basic needs, while others are related to mentality, attention management and the frequency with which one has positive thoughts.
We must learn the new habit of a positive attitude at all times so that we can achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
A positive attitude improves your self-esteem and your behaviours so that you achieve success in everything you set out to do.
Positive thinking seeks the best results from the worst situations. It is always possible to find something good in everything and hope for the best for you even when things look bad around you.
And the greatest thing is that when you look for good things, you always find them. And this is something worth looking into.
Having a positive attitude allows us to see the world better, even it seems that the problems are not as serious as they may seem.